Over 11,000 Historic Surrey Mental Hospital Admission Records Published on Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 4, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

   Records detail thousands of people placed in Surrey mental health institutions over a 33-year period Children as young as four and adults up to age 93 are listed in the collection Collection is key for people looking to find out more about the circumstances surrounding ancestors with mental health diagnoses     Over 11,000 historic… Read more

Want To Really Understand Your Civil War Ancestors? Think like a Novelist.

Posted by Becky Hepinstall on June 3, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

My sister calls me a history freak…I prefer history enthusiast. But I suppose that’s just semantics. I am passionate about history and have been as long as I can remember. And I have always been equally fascinated by my family’s history. I spent many hours of my childhood perched on our family antiques, trying to… Read more

Ancestry LifeStory: The Life Lived in the Dash

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

As a genealogist, I love putting the puzzle of the family tree together.  I love the process of reasonably exhaustive searches and analysis and correlation of evidence. I love how one genealogical question leads to another and those questions lead to records that lead to more questions.  It’s exciting to share that “thrill of the… Read more

Virginia Vital Records Are Here!

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Do you have Virginia ancestors?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to Birth, Marriage, Death and Divorce certificates? Can you imagine the goodies that you might find in there? Parents names and birth places, birth, marriage, and death dates and places, possible other relatives, burial places.  Sounds like a recipe to break… Read more

Announcing the New Ancestry Website

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

We are excited to announce that the new Ancestry website is now available to all U.S.-based members*. As some of you know, the new site has been in beta since mid-February, and thousands of Ancestry members have been actively using the new site and providing feedback (thank you!). As of today, the new Ancestry site… Read more

Agents of Change: Recruiting for Industrial America in 1800s

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 28, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG Ever wonder why your ancestors left the comforts of home to come to America? Maybe they were recruited. That’s what I discovered about mine. But finding out more about the recruiter and recruiting process was a journey in itself. How It Worked Just like sports teams do today, back in… Read more

Records from the Jersey Archive in the Channel Islands go online for the first time.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 22, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

  We are very excited to bring you two new collections as part of our web search initiative. The Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments collection covering the years 1663-1948 and The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two covering the years 1940-1945. Both these collections will be of enormous benefit to… Read more

How Corsets Evolved in 1800s-1900s Women’s Fashion

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 21, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

We are fast approaching the summer season, which means shorts, ,and sandals. But you may not know that no matter the season, some of our female ancestors had to wear tightly laced corsets, numerous petticoats, hoops, and later bustles, all before modern air conditioning. Can you imagine? I’m reminded of the scene in Gone With the… Read more

Where’s William? Finding New Clues in Old Evidence

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist I have been researching my husband’s family and have hit a roadblock. His great-great-great grandfather, William Weikert, came to America from Germany and settled in a community about 30 miles from us. I know he was born September 1817. I have a copy of his… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (Q-Z)

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Over the last few months, we ran a series of blog posts that highlighted nicknames or alternate first names your ancestors may have used. We’ve all seen at least one ancestor referred to by a nickname in a public record. Before you throw in the towel on that ancestor who has been eluding you, consider that… Read more